First day (& back to school cookie recipe!)


I remember being told that the first five years of a child’s life is crucial to their development. Holding a newborn, five years seems like an eternity.

I’ve wondered why I’ve been so emotional over Caleb starting Kindergarten, because honestly, we’ve all been ready for a little while!

Last night we went to watch the last episode in a series Andrew & I have been watching on Netflix. But I couldn’t do it. I just couldn’t focus. Not with so much changing in a few short hours.

We shut it off and just sat on the couch and talked about life.

“I guess Kindergarten is just the first milestone that shows young parents that these big milestones actually come.” I tried to explain to Andrew.

“It’s like, everyone tells you it’s going to go fast, and you don’t believe it until suddenly it’s Kindergarten. It feels like a five year reminder to slow down and enjoy them.”

Kindergarten today, double digits in the next five years, learner’s licence in the next five, and we just did a wedding for a twenty year old the other day!

Five years can be bring a ton of life change!

So after giving myself permission to be emotional, dropping him off was done in freedom. Freedom to feel, cry and be excited all at once.

He was nervous when we left him but when he came home for lunch, the stories spilled out!

So first day of Kindergarten, I’ve learned that kids do grow up, milestones do come, I’m not just “surviving” anymore, and everyday with my kids is adventurous gift that I have chosen not to take for granted.

245. A sweet, passionate teacher.

246. A “best bud” in Caleb’s class.

247. A big kid on the playground to help my kindergartener up from a fall.

248. Coffee date with our two younger ones.

249. A quiet afternoon with an imaginative little girl

{1000 gifts)

This cookie recipe is a family favourite from the Purity Flour Cookbook (1945 edition). Just the smell of these conjures up memories cozy and warm. Daddy & daughter made these this morning to welcome our new student home at lunch time (and soothe the little lady’s broken heart).

Grandma Jody’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 cup flour (I use a white whole wheat blend ground in a nearby town)

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp salt (I omit if using salted butter)

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 cup brown

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup. dark chocolate chips

1/2 cup white chocolate chipscookies

*you can substitute with 1 cup of semi sweet chocolate chips. Caleb loves white chocolate so this was a treat!

Cream the butter and sugars. Add the egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt. Stir into creamed mixture. Fold in chocolate chips. Baking for 8 minutes at 350 degrees.

Enjoy the excitement of your back-to-schooler!kindergarten4amayah and caleb

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